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Friday, 29 June 2012 08:18

How to Play Online Bingo

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It's rare in this day and age to come across someone who hasn't played bingo before, but just in case you don't know how to play, here's a quick guide to get you started.

Many of us were introduced to bingo by our teachers, who used the format to teach us numbers or letters. But if the memory isn't quite what it used to be and yet you'd like to get into the increasingly popular online bingo scene, here are the different types you're likely to encounter when you hop onto your favourite site.

90-ball bingo

This game is played on a 3x9 grid called a ticket. Tickets are sold in batches of six, called a strip, so that every number from 1-90 can be distributed across the strip; five numbers per row, ten numbers per column. The numbers are distributed in a random fashion so each ticket has a mix.

The caller calls out numbers between 1-90 in a random order, and you mark the numbers off as they're called. The first person to mark off one line, two lines, or a full ticket (called a 'full house') gets a bingo prize. Could it get any easier?

75-ball bingo

Actually, yes, it could. 75-ball bingo is played on a grid of 5x5 squares, and random numbers between 1 and 75 are placed into each square except the middle one, which is left free. You get to choose how many cards you play with.

Once again, the caller calls out numbers between 1-75 in a random order and you mark the numbers off as they're called. The difference is that you need to mark off a pattern in order to win – sometimes it's a straight line, sometimes the corners, sometimes a cross. Whatever the pattern is, it'll be displayed so that you don't forget that's what you're trying to achieve.

There are lots of variations on these bingo games, but you needn't worry – bingo rooms are full of people willing to help you out. Failing that, the 'autodaub' function means you can relax and let the computer mark off the numbers for you and even call bingo. Lots of sites have this setting as default now so you'll never miss a bingo.